Thursday, January 29, 2015, @ 8PM
Roulette (509 Atlantic at 3rd Ave)
Bozzini String Quartet
The 26th Season of Interpretations continues in January 2015, with an exciting evening of music for strings, featuring the Montreal based Bozzini Quartet and New York’s premiere violin duo, String Noise.
Violinists Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris present new works composed specifically for their duo String Noise: Monadologie XXVI by Austrian composer Bernhard Lang (based on granular analysis of Bach and Paganini), Czech composer Petr Bakla’s September, the speech-inflected Palavers by Spencer Topel (USA), and Read the Following Before Playing, by New York composer Dan Siegler.
Montreal’s Bozzini Quartet (Clemens Merkel, Alissa Cheung violins; Stéphanie Bozzini viola; Isabelle Bozzini, cello) perform James Tenney’s Koan For String Quartet (an expansion of a 1971 solo violin work, with complex “chord progressions”, all derived by a simple extrapolation from traditional harmonic relationships), and works by Canadian composers: Hitchcock Etudes (2014, for amplified string quartet, toy pianos, soundtrack, and video) by Nicole Lizée and the discretely colorful Contact; Vault (1997) by Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist Martin Arnold.
About The Artists:
“Trailblazing violin duo” String Noise is comprised of “two of the most focused and lustrous-toned avant stalwarts” in New York City: Conrad Harris & Pauline Kim Harris. Since 2011, String Noise has premiered noise-guided music for two violins by Eric Lyon and John King, large-scale multimedia work with music by Randy Woolf, and electroacoustic compositions by Canadian sound artist and composer Gordon Monahan. They were highlighted in Performa 2011 in painter Will Cotton‘s first live stage performance, and also premiered violin duos by Christian Wolff, John Zorn, David Lang, Richard Carrick, Paul Marquardt, Petr Kotik, and many others. They have performed at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, The Stone, Firehouse Space, Spectrum, EXAPNO, Bowery Electric, Rockwood Music Hall and Incubator Arts. String Noise also held a mini-residency at Dartmouth College in the winter term of 2013-14 and presented works by Eric Lyon, John Zorn and Christian Wolff. String Noise can be heard on Elizabeth Hoffman‘s Red Is the Rows, released on Perspectives of New Music/Open Space, and on a forthcoming release on Experimental Intermedia featuring a new duo by Phill Niblock Unipolar Dance - an anagram of Pauline Conrad. Also forthcoming is Index 0, a 2-LP set including recordings of duos by Elizabeth Adams, Stephanie Huegenin, and Andrew C. Smith. Major premieres by composers Annie Gosfield, Spencer Topel, Petr Bakla, Dan Siegler, and Bernhard Lang are scheduled for 2015, as is a recording of a full-length feature album of music written especially for them by Eric Lyon.
Since 1999, the Bozzini Quartet has been an original voice in new, contemporary, experimental and classical music. Their skew is radically contemporary, propelling the hyper-creative Montréal scene, and beyond. Not content to parlay received wisdom, the quartet cultivates an ethos of risk-taking, and boldly ventures off the beaten track. With rigorous qualitative criteria, they have nurtured a vastly diverse repertoire, unbiased by the currents of fashion. This has led to over a hundred and thirty commissioned pieces, as well as close to two hundred other premiered works. A Bozzini Quartet concert is an art happening, with meticulous and sensuous attention to detail. The Bozzini Quartet produces and presents its annual concert series in Montréal. The group also tours extensively, bringing its “intense musicality and immense sensitivity” (Musicworks, Canada), to audiences across Canada, the US, South America and Europe. Notable festivals include MärzMusik (Berlin), Ultima (Oslo), Huddersfield (UK), Klangspuren (Austria), and November Music (Netherlands). To ensure continual development in their art, the quartet’s annual musical laboratory, the Composer’s Kitchen, works to mentor and support new generations of composers. In 2004 the quartet created its own recording label, Collection QB, in collaboration with Dame / Actuelle CD. This label gives the quartet and other artists the freedom to record composers such as Steve Reich, Jo Kondo, Howard Skempton, James Tenney, and Malcolm Goldstein, as well as Canadian composers including Jean Lesage, Claude Vivier, Michael Oesterle and Michel Gonneville. The Bozzini Quartet has recorded as well with Centrediscs (Owen Underhill, 2012), Wandelweiser (Jürg Frey, 2006), Wergo-Deutscher Musikrat (Thomas Stiegler, 2006) and ATMA Classique and can be heard regularly on both European and Canadian radio. Finalist to the 28th Grand Prix du CAM 2012, The Bozzini Quartet has won three Opus prizes from the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM): “International Outreach” (2007), “Contemporary Disc of the Year” (2004), and “Discovery of the Year” (2001). It is also the recipient of the Étoile-Galaxie Prize from Radio-Canada (2001), the Förderpreis Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2007) and the German Record Critics Prize for Arbor Vitae (2009).
509 Atlantic Ave
(On the corner of Atlantic + 3rd Aves)
Downtown Brooklyn, NY
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